Preschool-12 Dual Language Education in
Two Locations in the Bay Area

Elementary School Camp: Age 6 - 9

 

Our camp for kids who have completed 1st Grade by the summer and up blends classroom study of the German language in the morning with engaging activities in the afternoon.

Morning German classes are separated into language level groups with max. 12 students and one teacher. In the classroom, instructors teach in German exclusively, no matter the level of German.

Afternoon Activities are held in the same class setting this year with max. 12 students and a teacher and are likely to be outdoors. Activities are exciting, active, and social, and offer a "lived" experience of German. Instructors speak mostly German, with a sprinkling of English to ensure everyone can follow along.

Our camp is a two week-long or multi-week intensive immersive German environment that brings students closer to the language and culture, and to their peers who share a connection with or interest in German.

Enrollment for Summer Camp is on a first come, first served basis.

Once capacities for sessions are reached, or if we do not have enough staff due to teacher's shortage, if not enough children sign up for a class, or if CDC guidelines change we cannot guarantee desired schedules or camp availability.

Enrollment from waitlists when possible.

Schedule

Sign up for any 2 week or 1 week package for Full Day (AM Camp + PM Camp).


Add on Extended Care week by week as needed for an earlier drop-off, later pick-up, or both.

AM Extended Care: 8am - 9am
AM Camp: 9am - 12pm
Supervised Lunch: 12pm - 1pm
PM Camp: 1pm - 4pm
PM Extended Care: 4pm - 5pm

Registration is first come, first served, with caps on all programs. Register early to secure your desired schedule.

 

Extended Care

Add on AM or PM extended care for a longer day. Organized by our instructional team, Extended Care means crafts, helping to get ready for the day or to clean up, and lots of outdoor games.

AM Extended Care: 8am - 9am

PM Extended Care: 4pm - 5pm

 

AM Camp: German Language Classes

For the age group 6-9, we offer three language groups in the morning: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Groups are capped at max 12 students each with one instructor. All materials are provided.

Please note that students must be able to read and write in English to participate.

AM Camp: 9am - 12pm / snack break 10:30am - 11am, 11am-12pm

 

Beginner

Lessons include:

  • basic communication: introduction, asking questions
  • phonetics & spelling
  • basic vocabulary, incl. articles
  • negation
  • conjugation of verbs sein, haben

This class is for students who:

  • are total newcomers to the German language
  • are younger and may have had some German exposure, but are not fluent, and cannot read or write in German

Intermediate

Lessons include:

  • more complex, context-aware communication
  • writing short sentences & stories
  • conjugation of common verbs
  • present and past tense
  • correct use of prepositions

This class is for students who:

  • can communicate well in German, but may not know how to read and write in German
  • may have attended 1-2 years at full-time GISSV or Saturday School, or similar program

Advanced

Lessons include:

  • role-play, complex narratives
  • writing longer stories
  • present, perfect, past tense
  • review of personal and possessive pronouns

This class is for students who:

  • can communicate in German, and can read and write in German
  • have attended 3-4 years at full-time GISSV or Saturday School, or similar program

Supervised Lunch

Supervised by our instructors and our camp managers, each group from Elementary School Camp, enjoy and outdoor lunch and games.

Please pack a hearty lunch or sign up fora 3rd party lunch provider listed on the FAQ page to get lunch delivered every day.

Supervised Lunch: 12pm - 1pm

 


PM Camp: Afternoon Activities

Our morning German language classes are complemented by an exciting afternoon program that immerses students in sports, music, art, and other activities. While primarily conducted in German, some activities may include English.

Each day features different activities based on the selected camp theme.

In the morning, students will stay with one or two instructors, ensuring a consistent learning environment. The afternoon program may be led by various teachers, offering a diverse range of activities that change daily within each theme. 

Details on the PM camp themes and afternoon activities will be sent to all registrants as soon as they are available. For more information on the variety of activities, please see below. Activities are subject to change.

 

PM Camp: 1pm - 4pm / first activity: 1pm - 2:20pm / second activity: 2:40pm - 4pm